Halloween Icons in Film and Literature

Halloween Icons in Film and Literature

It’s the spookiest time of the year again! So we have decided to gather as many of the scariest horror icons in film and literature together to celebrate and let you fight it out among yourselves who is the best. And please don’t have nightmares…

Michael Myers

Michael Myers

Michael Myers was first seen in Halloween in 1978, directed by John Carpenter. The film was originally called The Babysitter Murders and was to be a series of scary stories which took place on Halloween night. However Michael proved to be so iconic a figure that they abandoned the idea (save for one film) and brought him back for another 9 films, including re-makes, re-boots and an upcoming sequel.

Estimated Kill Count: 111

Fun Fact! Michael’s distinctive mask was actually a William Shatner Star Trek mask that had the eyeholes made bigger and was painted white.

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Count Dracula

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Count Dracula is the title character and antagonist in Bram Stoker’s epistolary novel and has appeared as a character in nearly 300 hundred films. Stoker published the novel in 1897 and his initial inspiration for the story came from his summers spent vacationing in Whitby.

Estimated Kill Count: Innumerable

Fun Fact! Whilst most people believe that Vlad the Impaler was his inspiration for the character, Stoker was actually inspired by the contemporaneous stage actor Henry Irving and his gestures and mannerisms.

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Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees

While we won’t spoil the ending of the first film (for those who haven’t seen it!), just know that Jason as the villain was not in the original script. Instead he was simply a boy who drowned tragically. But thanks to nine sequels, one re-make, one spin off, and constant rumours of a new film on the horizon, it’s the iconic hockey masked killer that has captured the imaginations of horror fans.

Estimated Kill Count: 146

Fun Fact! Jason didn’t get his iconic look until Friday 13th Part 3 when he steals a hockey mask from one of his victims.

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Frankenstein’s Monster

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Frankenstein’s Monster was the main antagonist in Mary Shelley’s ground breaking Gothic novel, although many have argued it is Frankenstein himself who instigated the tragic events which unfolded in the story. The character in films is often depicted as mute and animalistic, but in the novel, Shelley had portrayed him as articulate and sensitive.

Estimated Kill Count 3

Fun Fact! As you can probably tell from above Frankenstein is NOT the name of the iconic character but is only the name of his creator, Victor Frankenstein. Instead the Monster was referred to as “creature”, “fiend”, “spectre”, “the demon”, “wretch”, “devil”, “being”, and “ogre” and all by his creator.

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Ah Chucky, your friend till the end. Who would have thought that Child’s Play would have spawned a total of seven films all about a homicidal doll voiced by an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA award-winning, and Emmy award-winning actor?

Estimated Kill Count: 38

Fun Fact! John Franklin, who was famous for his debut film role of Isaac in Children of the Corn, was also cast as Walkabout Chucky in Child’s Play, providing the voice of “nice” Chucky, as well as portraying him in certain scenes when Chucky was walking or running.

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Mr Hyde

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Mr Hyde is the evil alternative personality of Dr. Henry Jekyll, brought on after Jekyll concocted and drank a serum that he had created in his laboratory. He has been portrayed on stage, on radio, on television, and in several film adaptations, but Robert Louis Stevenson himself has been quoted in his letter writing as saying about one of his most famous creations, “I am pouring forth a penny dreadful. It is dam dreadful.”

Estimated Kill Count: 1

Fun Fact! In 1888, two days before Jack the Ripper, began his murder spree in London, a stage version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde opened starring Richard Mansfield in the titular roles. he was so convincing in his transformation from a gentleman to a homicidal killer that he was accused of being Jack the Ripper himself.

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Leatherface is the nickname given to the most iconic member of the murderous Sawyer family in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre franchise. To date seven actors have portrayed him, the most famous being the late Gunnar Hansen from the original 1974 film.

Estimated Kill Count: 30

Fun Fact! A lot of you horror aficionados might already know that creators Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkel drew on the famous case of American killer Ed Gein, but they was also influenced by the much more obscure case of Elmer Wayne Henley.

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IT is the eponymous central antagonist from Stephen King’s 1986 novel. A creature which is as old as time itself, IT wakes up every 27 years to feed. IT has many aliases but possibly the most famous is Pennywise, the Dancing Clown. IT takes on the appearance of whatever its victims are most afraid of to lure them closer for the kill and to feed on their fear.

Estimated Kill Count: Innumerable

Fun Fact! IT originated in the ‘Macroverse’, a void containing and surrounding the universe, and its nemesis is a turtle known as Maturin.

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Ghostface is the nickname of the killer in the Scream film franchise. Ghostface has a penchant for taunting victims by phone, most famously asking “What’s your favourite scary movie?” and playing games, before attacking. If you are unlucky enough to answer his phone call, make sure you know your horror movies!

Estimated Kill Count: 49

Fun Fact! Writer Kevin Williamson took his inspiration from the real life case of the Gainesville Ripper.

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Patrick Bateman

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Patrick Bateman, the Genesis-loving, narcissistic, Wall Street investment banker, hides a very dark secret from his peers: when not dealing with mergers and acquisitions he likes to road test DIY tools on people. The dark humour within the novel offsets the depraved acts he commits but there’s no disguising his dark personality.

Estimated Kill Count: 18

Fun Fact! The character of Patrick Bateman has appeared in three other Bret Easton Ellis’ novels: The Rules of Attraction, Glamorama, and Lunar Park.

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The Thing

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The Thing is an alien creature that has crash landed in the Antarctic on Earth but after more than 100,000 years frozen in the ice it’s desperate to find somewhere just a bit warmer to hide: namely man. Will you ever be able to trust your fellow man – or dog for that matter – again?

Estimated Kill Count: Innumerable

Fun Fact! The film is based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s short story Who Goes There?.

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Hannibal Lecter

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Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter is one of the most infamous cannibals in literature so it would be unwise to accept a dinner invitation from him. He has appeared in four novels by Thomas Harris: Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Hannibal Rising, as well as being portrayed in film and television. Harris has revealed that the inspiration for Lecter was a real life doctor and murderer he met during a prison visit.

Estimated Kill Count: 98

Fun Fact! In the film Manhunter, an adaptation of Red Dragon, the character’s name is spelled Hannibal Lektor.

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Freddy Krueger

 Nightmare on Elm Street    Freddy Krueger

Freddy Krueger has been in the collective conscious since 1984 when he made his first appearance in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy kills his victims in their dreams which then causes their death in the real world. The scarred face, the red and green jumper, the dark fedora, and the bladed glove have all combined to create a truly terrifying character. Sweet dreams…

Estimated Kill Count: 43

Fun Fact! Freddy Krueger only appears in the first installment for a total of seven minutes.

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Norman Bates

Norman Bates-Anthony Perkins

The world was first introduced to Norman Bates in Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho and this character probably put you off having showers for life if you saw him in action in Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation. He comes across as a quiet, shy, yet almost charming young man but he has some deep-rooted problems that his mother definitely cannot help with…

Estimated Kill Count: 20

Fun Fact! In Bloch’s novel Bates is actually an overweight, middle aged drunkard but when adapting the novel Hitchcock was convinced by his scenarist Joseph Stefano, to cast the young, boyishly handsome Anthony Perkins to blindside the audience when it came to the film’s ending.

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If you were to meet this on a journey into space then you’d better make sure you have Lieutenant Ripley by your side. The Xenomorph is a terrifying alien and it’s life cycle is even more terrifying: birthing a chestburster over dinner is liable to put you and everyone else off their food. With acid for blood and an uncanny ability to camouflage itself from you until it’s too late one word of advice would be don’t go too close to strange eggs you just happen find on your travels.

Estimated Kill Count: Innumerable

Fun Fact! The look of the Xenomorph was designed by Swiss surrealist and artist H.R. Giger.

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